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Hargreaves: Structure big selling point

FORMER Bayern Munich and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Pep Guardiola has made a shrewd decision in choosing the Bundesliga above the Premier League.

Guardiola was yesterday named as the next Bayern manager, with his three-year contract beginning in the summer when Jupp Heynckes steps down and retires.

"There aren't many clubs within European football that have the stability and structure that Bayern Munich has in place," said Hargreaves.

"People look at the glamour of the Premier League and its global appeal but I think he probably saw the structure in place at the club, the success of the club and quality of the players.

"And the facilities and the stadiums are better than anywhere in the world, I would guess. I think he's probably looked at all aspects and, in my opinion rightfully so, thought that's the best destination for him."

It emerged that Guardiola signed up for Bayern before Christmas.

His agent Josep Maria Orobitg said: "He chose Bayern because of all the teams from which he had offers it was the best.

"We were looking over the offers and this isn't the team which offered the most money. It was chosen for the organisation there, for the potential that he sees, and for their players."